Smith College, founded in 1871 in Northampton, Massachusetts, is one of the oldest women's colleges in the nation. After years of debate, the institution will begin admitting transgender women.
The new policy will impact applicants applying for fall 2015 who identify as women, no matter if they were born male.
"The board's decision affirms Smith's unwavering mission and identity as a
women's college, our commitment to representing the diversity of
women's lived experiences, and the college's exceptional role in the
advancement of women worldwide," said college President Kathleen McCartney and
board of trustees chair Elizabeth Mugar Eveillard in an announcement on Smith's website.
Smith faced criticism in 2013 when the college refused to accept an application from a transgender student.
This past August, Mills College in Oakland, California, was the first women's college to admit transgender women.